Cartographic encounters : indigenous peoples and the by John Rennie Short

By John Rennie Short

During this reinterpretation of U.S. heritage, the writer argues that, formerly, writing approximately and well known figuring out of the exploration and mapping of the hot international has principally missed the pivotal function performed by means of indigenous humans. creation: construction myths and cartographic encounters ; Amerindian mappings -- Colonial cartographies: Encounters in a settled land ; Landings in an odd land -- Imperial cartographies: Surveying the West : Lewis and Clark and others ; excursion into the 'desert' ; Fremont and Tah-Kai-Buhl ; 'Warren's map' ; ultimate the frontier within the west -- Conclusions: Cartographic encounters in Australia ; Journey's finish

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55 part iii | imperial cartographies 17 Milk River to the Crossing of the Columbia River, a detail from Isaac Stevens’s Map of Railroad Survey of 47–49 Parallel (Washington, dc: War Department. 1853–55). 5 | Surveying the West: Lewis and Clark . . and Others The Lewis and Clark expedition is a hinged event that swings from the colonial to the imperial cartographies of the western United States. The expedition began when the United States was still only a fledgling nation restricted to the eastern seaboard.

When they returned, the white people were getting along very well. The Lipan gave them venison. They were getting along very well. 3 Europeans offered access to expanding trading opportunities, advanced technologies and the possibility of alliances in a fluid and ever-changing geopolitics. As news of their presence swept thought the continent, Native American leaders realized that the Europeans represented a danger but also an opportunity to ally themselves with a superior force in their continual struggles with their traditional enemies and rivals.

3 Smith was separated from his own company and after a brief fight was captured. 5 For Smith, capture by the Indians provided an enforced cartographic encounter that gave him an opportunity to glean more information. And after his release, now armed with even more information of the lay of the land and the disposition of the Powhatan’s allies and enemies, he was in a much better position to move around the country and secure the future of the struggling colony. Smith turned his geographic information into a map that was published in Oxford in 1612 to accompany a description of the region, A Map of Virginia with a Description of the Country, the Commodities, People, Government and Religion (illus.

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